The responsibility for interpretation of Competition rules, the settling of disputes and dealing
with questions arising during the Competition lies with the VSA Rules Committee.
Infractions of rules will be determined by the Rules Committee after consultation with the
appropriate judges. Instruments or bows which do not comply with Competition rules will be
disqualified. All entry fees for disqualified items will be forfeited. Any person who is caught
attempting to commit fraud in the Competition will be disqualified from the Competition and will
be banned from all future VSA Competitions.
PHOTOGRAPHING AND MEASURING INSTRMENTS AND BOWS
By entering this competition you agree to have your instrument(s)/bow(s) photographed by the
VSA, and to have these photographs used by the VSA for publication in the VSA Journal, or for
any other purpose, without prior permission of the maker. You also agree to have acoustical
measurements taken of your instrument(s) for use by the VSA.
RESTRICTIONS ON BOW-MAKING MATERIALS
Instruments and bows having tortoise-shell, elephant ivory or genuine whalebone (baleen) are
banned from the Competition. Mastodon or bone is an acceptable substitute. Under the
Endangered Species Act, United States Customs does not permit the importation of elephant
ivory, tortoiseshell or whalebone. Items made from these banned materials that cross United
States borders may be confiscated by United States Customs.